Adam Ollenberger
Adam Ollenberger
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Adam Ollenberger is a lawyer in Field Law’s Edmonton office with a diverse practice that includes civil litigation, labour and employment, and administrative law matters.

Adam has a wide range of experience representing clients in commercial disputes, construction litigation, occupational health and safety matters, insurance coverage disputes, disability claims, wrongful dismissals, human rights complaints, policing matters, and appeals. He is particularly interested in urgent and extraordinary relief, such as injunctions. Adam also advises employers on employment matters, including contract drafting, policy review and drafting, and occupational health and safety compliance.

Adam has represented clients in matters before all levels of Court in Alberta, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as in commercial arbitrations, mediations, and before administrative tribunals and the Alberta Human Rights Commission.

Prior to joining Field Law in 2018, Adam received the Horace Harvey Medal in Law as the top student in his graduating class and practiced at a global firm in Edmonton and Toronto with a focus on commercial, insurance, and construction litigation.

Outside the Office

In his spare time, Adam is a classical music aficionado, and enjoys cooking and exploring Edmonton’s food scene.

Canadian Bar Association
Member, Alberta Branch (Administrative Law, Civil Litigation, Labour + Employment Subsections)
2016 - Present
Law Society of Alberta
2016 - Present
The Advocates' Society
2018 - Present
Canadian Bar Association
Member at Large, Alberta Branch (Administrative Subsection - North)
2019 - Present
Gold Medalist
Horace Harvey Medal in Law
Mr. Justice W.G. Morrow Memorial Prize
Adams Trust Oil and Gas Prize
Chomicki Baril Mah LLP Prize in Civil Procedure
George H. Steer Scholarship
Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship
2013, 2014
Lieberman Prize in Law and Medicine
Edward E. Bishop Prize in Securities Law
Blake, Cassels and Graydon Scholarship
Sydney B. Woods, Q.C. Memorial Prize in Constitutional Law
Superior Standing in Property Law
Ken Boyd Prize
Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship
Deadman v Jager Estate, 2019 ABCA 481
LaPrairie Works Inc v Ledcor Alberta Limited, 2019 ABQB 701
Melin v Melin, 2019 ABQB 241
Jager Estate v. Deadman, 2019 ABCA 99
Melin v Melin, 2018 ABQB 1056
Northcott v Cornerstone United Inc., 2017 ABPC 201
March 17, 2021
OHS + WCB Act Changes (Yes, Again!) and Keeping Psychological Well-Being Alive
2021 ACSA Conference
February 24 + March 10
2020 - A Year in Review Webinar Series
Did you miss the Field Law Labour + Employment Group's annual Year in Review? The recordings are now available! Is employer-friendly OHS legislation coming to a worksite near you? What are the impacts of COVID-19 on employment legislation a...
December 17, 2020
The Old is New, Again? Bill 47 and Psychological Health + Safety
The COVID-19 pandemic has seriously affected peoples’ mental health, and its impacts can be felt in the workplace. Occupational health and safety law requires that employers take steps to promote their workers’ psychological well-being. Joi...
September 2020 - 4 min read
Terminating Employees after the Sale of a Business
Workwise Newsletter
When a business is sold, it is common that its employees will continue working for the purchaser after the sale. If the purchaser later decides to terminate their employment, complex issues around determining their entitlement to reasonable notice may ...
June 9, 2020
Canadian Construction Projects and COVID-19: Future Forecasts
Canadian Bar Association
May 12, 2020
CPHR Alberta Webinar Series: HR Pandemic Essentials - Part 2
March 2020
Contractors and COVID-19: How Far Must We (and Can We) Go to Meet OHS Obligations?
Much has been published in the last few weeks about the obligations of employers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, SA 2017, c O-2.1 [OHSA] to ensure that work sites are safe and healthy (and we’ll have more to come about the obligatio...
Winter 2020
2019 - A Year in Review Seminar Series
Join the Field Law Labour + Employment Group for our annual seminars featuring legal updates and practical challenges for management and employee groups.Part 1 has been approved for 1.75 CPD hours and Part 2 has been approved for 2.25 CPD hou...
January 2020
Spies and the Supreme Court: Charting a New Course for the Standard of Review
On December 19, 2019, the Supreme Court of Canada released its long-awaited trilogy of decisions that will significantly shift administrative law.Administrative law encompasses legal challenges to regulatory or government action, ranging from cabinet a...
September 2019
How Dependent Must a Dependent Contractor Be?
The distinction between employees, independent contractors, and dependent contractors is a well-established part of Canadian employment law. But where to draw the line between independent contractors and dependent contractors in any given circumstance ...
February 2019
Case Summary: Weir-Jones Technical Services Incorporated v Purolator Courier Ltd
Defence + Indemnity
The Alberta Court of Appeal clarifies the test for summary judgment and dismissal.Weir-Jones Technical Services Incorporated v. Purolator Courier, Purolator Inc. and Purolator Freight, 2019 ABCA 49 per Slatter JA (Fraser CJA, Watson and Strekaf JJ...
February 2019
Uncertainty Around Burden of Proof for Summary Judgment Resolved
Insurance Alert
The law of summary judgment in Alberta has recently been in flux regarding the standard of proof required to resolve a dispute summarily: some panels of the Court have held that proof on a balance of probabilities is required, while others have held th...
December 2018
'Tis the Season: Holiday Parties + Employer Obligations
Workwise Newsletter
The holiday season has arrived, and with it many employers will celebrate the year with their staff. To ensure that everyone has a safe and joyous time, employers should keep in mind their obligations to employees and guests who attend office parties o...

“Should We Recognize a Fiduciary Duty of End-of-Life Medical Treatment?”, Health Law Review, Volume 22:3, 2014

University of Alberta, 2010, Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), First Class Honours
University of Alberta, 2012, Master of Arts (Political Science)
University of Alberta, 2015, Juris Doctor With Distinction